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April 26, 2013

Q&A: Race for Annetta mayor

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Get those necessary improvements to the water system done! Once completed we can rest assured the system will continue to pay its own way by the usage of the very customers it serves. Additional supplies of water can only improve property values and quality of life issues. When we have good, clean reliable water, everyone is happy. This is the plan we started with and the one that should continue. The excuses from those that were afraid to buy the system in the first place have been proven to be inaccurate.

Comprehensive planning. This is really not that complicated but fear has driven some to say “if we plan it they will come.” Well, they’re coming whether you plan for it or not. There has been reluctance by some to recognize that the increased amount of people living all around us has a definite affect on our lives. Why do we sit back and let future developments shape our community when we have a right, as provided by law, to plan for our own future instead of just reacting to it? Where will roads be placed?

Are you for or against annexation of area residents served by the city’s water system? Why?

I am absolutely for accepting the petition and having those public hearings! First, it is an issue of basic liberty. Water and sewer customers have no alternative to the utilities provided by the City of Annetta. They simply cannot go elsewhere for these needs. This particular annexation is only being requested by the current customers of our water system that have felt their concerns over management changes or expenditures that could affect their service and rates were routinely ignored since the last election. I know of no other case in which such a large number of people in such a short period of time have come to a city to request to be “brought in.”

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